9 Ways To Make Your Apartment More Cozy This Winter

As fall nights get colder reminding us that winter is just around the corner, “cozy” becomes an important word.

At Arcadia Run, our apartments give you lots of space to live, work, and be happy.

And each of these luxurious spaces can be made cozy with the right touches.

Because we know you’re now wondering “how to make my apartment cozy,” we have put together a list to help.

This winter, cozy up your Arcadia Run apartment with these nine tips:

1. Big, fluffy blankets

The bigger and fluffier, the better. A shag or sherpa blanket is just the thing to cuddle up in and instantly feel cozy. Just imagine sitting near the extended windows of your Arcadia Run apartment and watching the snow fall as you’re wrapped in the embrace of the plush wonderland that is your blanket. You could even find a good weighted blanket for a bit of extra comfort.

2. Plush or fake fur rugs

The vinyl “hardwood” flooring that runs throughout your Arcadia Run apartment is durable, stylish, and beautiful (we wanted you to only have the best). But one thing that can help your space feel more cozy is a plush or fake fur rug. Such a rug gives you something soft to wiggle your toes in—toe wiggling being a very cozy activity.

3. Slippers

And if you don’t want to interrupt the elegant flooring of your apartment with a rug, then get yourself a nice pair of slippers. Slippers are like portable plush rugs for your feet! They wrap your tootsies in cozy warmth and remind you with every step that comfort is always underfoot. Slippers are also a great tag team with a blanket or rugs in making your Arcadia Run apartment feel extra luxurious.

4. Decor with warm wood colors

Just like the aforementioned floors in your Arcadia Run apartment, warm wood colors help evoke a feeling of coziness. These shades conjure images of ski lodges and wooden cabins in the snow—two very cozy locations. So, use this to your advantage and add some decor and furniture in warm wood colors. This can be as simple as adding some photos in chunky natural wood picture frames on your coffee table to as elaborate as upgrading to a beautiful stained wood TV stand. Build the vision of cabins and lodges around you while you nestle into your fluffy blanket.

5. Flowers and greenery

Especially as they begin to disappear as the seasons change, flowers and greenery become very important decorative items. They complement the warm wood colors, ornamenting your apartment with reminders of spring and summer, and bringing the natural world outside into your apartment. They can be real or fake (depending on how green your thumb is), but their mood and cozy-enhancing properties will still be effective. Try clustering some succulents on your kitchen counter, or adding a hanging ivy (very easy to keep alive!) in a corner of your living room.

6. LED string lights

Quite simply, LED string lights bring the stars into your apartment. And nothing is cozier that snuggling up under the stars—especially when you can do it in the comfort of your Arcadia Run residence! We recommend decorating with LED string lights with warmer color temperatures (3,000K or less), as most decorators agree warmer color temperatures increase a room’s cozy appeal. There are also LED string lights that twinkle, pulse, or subtly change color, which can create the feeling of holiday lights—definitely a cozy touch.

7. LED candles

LED candles take LED string lights to the next level of realism. They look like real candles and often feel like real candles with a wax coating, but you’ll rest easy knowing you can’t be burned. Some LED candles come with a remote control and an automatic timer, meaning you can have them turn on and off at the same time each day. If you put several LED candles of various heights on a mirrored tray, the flickering light will bounce all around your apartment. Cozy magic!

8. Cozy scents

Never forget how important scents are. Not to get too sciency, but the location of your nose fast-tracks information straight to the parts of your brain that control emotion and memory. So, having cozy scents, like pine or cinnamon, from candles or other air fresheners can make your Arcadia Run apartment constantly conjure feelings of coziness from days gone by. And those are some of the best kinds of cozy.

9. Warm beverages

Warm beverages have two cozy benefits. First is their tantalizing scents (and you already know about those) which can float from your decadent kitchen throughout your Arcadia Run residence. And second, is the warmth they produce inside you as you drink them. Be it tea, coffee, mulled wine, hot cocoa, or an adult spiced cider, drink a little coziness.

Those are nine ways to turn your spacious Arcadia Run apartment into a cozy retreat this fall and winter season. They are simple, little touches that surround you with warmth and softness and flickering lights, making a smile curl across your relaxed and reminiscing face and your eyelids droop in cozy and contented bliss.

10 Amazing Ways To Transform Your Apartment Walls

The walls of your apartment surround you and keep in all your stuff.

They are also blank canvasses waiting to be adorned, personalized, and made fabulous.

Apartment living precludes putting holes in your walls, but there are so many other ways to transform your apartment’s walls.

While a few of these suggestions have also appeared in our previous blog[CM1]  about apartment decorating, they are important enough to re-mention here and expand on.

Here are ten of the best wall ideas for your apartment to make it feel even more like you… like home.

1. Art and photographs

Art and photographs are naturals for decorating your walls, but you have to take care not to harm your walls in the process. Good thing that science has caught up with decorating! There are many name-brand and generic non-permanent, wall-safe hanging solutions available, from simple poster hanging tape to hooks that can support art up to 16 lbs. Try clustering inexpensive art prints in matching frames or black and white photos in colorful or ornate frames for a gallery wall. You can even create your own art (even if you’re not an artist – really, you’re allowed!) using low cost art materials found in ubiquitous craft stores or online. Whether it’s one piece or a collection, art will instantly add personality to your walls.

2. Temporary wallpaper & vinyl decals

Wallpaper is another way to add uniqueness, color, and texture to your walls. But it’s not the wallpaper of old—this wallpaper is removable. Like a giant sticker, temporary wallpaper goes on easy and comes off even easier, leaving no trace it was ever up. If you just want a little decor on your walls, there are many removable vinyl images you can find—of famous quotes, famous video game characters, famous views, and so much more. Peel-and-stick (and-remove) wall decor at its finest.

3. Mirrors

Mirrors add instant depth to a room, but they don’t have to be heavy affairs. A search at any “everything” store will find lightweight mirrors that can easily be hung the same non-harmful way as art and photographs. Checking thrift stores will often yield really fancy-looking mirrors that are actually in painted plastic frames (meaning they aren’t heavy and can easily hang via a removeable hook). Try hanging a group of mirrors of different sizes, or creating a pattern out of many small mirrors (this works best in mirrors without frames). To brighten your apartment, try hanging a mirror where it will reflect the light from a window or sliding glass door into the room.

4. Tapestries

Tapestries have adorned walls for generations. Once needed as a pretty form of insulation, they are now fully decorative pieces of textile art. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and weights—meaning there’s a tapestry out there that will add more “you” to your space without needing industrial hardware to hang. Try layering tapestries to bring more dimension and depth to a smaller room.

5. Draperies

Changing up your drapes—your curtains—is one of the easiest ways to add a splash of pizzazz to your apartment. Changing the length of your curtains can also create a different feeling of space in the room, anywhere from taller to cozier. Curtains can also be added anywhere there are walls in close proximity with the use of tension rods, which can be a great way to divide a room (for example, to create a WFH space).

6. Maps

Some people like accent walls, but why stop there? Maps can create destination walls! Maps are not only colorful, but can also be full of memories. You can find scratch off maps that allow you to mark places that you’ve visited, or corkboard maps that come with push pins to mark off your trips. They are a great backdrop to ornament with details, photos, and mementos of places you’ve been. Or, they can be a platform on which to plan future memories and adventures.

7. Sticky notes

Sticky notes have one job: to stick without harming surfaces. So, use them to your advantage. They don’t have to just be for shopping lists, birthdays, or other messages you want to remember. They can also be arranged to make art, paper pixel by paper pixel. Doodle on them. Write poetry on them. Use them for a wall of ideas. The best thing about them is that they are completely portable, so your “art” can move all around your apartment walls—wherever you need a bright spot of inspiration or color.

8. Cork board or whiteboard (or chalkboard)

And while we’re on the subject of ideas, you could always hang or stick up a cork board or whiteboard (or chalkboard) to use as your idea or art factory. There are so many colors of markers for whiteboards and chalkboards you really can create actual works of art on them now—art that you can change in an instant! Or, just like our maps suggestion, use them as a base from which to build a collection of memories, photos, and mementos. Swap out inspirational sayings, seasonal holiday decoration, or any other bits of happiness your fancy desires. These are great for kids too (just remember to hang them at kid level for easy access), and you’ll be inspiring your little artist(s) to create masterpieces.

9. Color-change lighting

Okay, now we’re getting a little more high tech, but high tech doesn’t have to mean difficult. Accent lighting can be as simple as a smart, color-change bulb or as complex as bias lighting for your TV with color sync technology (that changes color and brightness based on what’s on your screen). No matter which type of lighting you use, being able to quickly change the color of your walls is a great way to make a space feel exciting, or intimate, or professional, or…well, you can create nearly any atmosphere with the right lighting.

10. Fake windows

Fake windows can add vistas to your apartment otherwise not possible: another country, another planet, another time. They can be as simple as adding dark tape to a photo (or photos) to simulate the window frame and grilles, or as complex as building a fake window complete with hidden lighting and speakers to simulate outdoor conditions. Regardless of the complexity, fake windows can be portals to your imagination and create something new for your wall space.

The walls of your apartment are all around you. They are functional, but they are also large blank canvases where you can add more personal touches to your Arcadia Run residence. When you feel like adding some style to your home, try some of our best wall ideas for apartments—and let your decorating inspiration flow!

6 Places to Enjoy Live Music in Manassas, VA

There is nothing like live music.

The energy of actually being there and feeling the sound waves as they are produced is magical.

It’s a uniting experience, a transformational experience, and an experience that’s just a lot of fun.

And Manassas is a haven for live music.

Here are 6 of our favorite live music venues in Manassas, VA—and they’re all right around the corner from Arcadia Run!

1. Philadelphia Tavern

Philadelphia Tavern has been a mainstay in Manassas for 30 years. Featuring upscale pub dining with a Philly flair, Philadelphia Tavern has the feel of an authentic Philly tavern (probably because the original owners brought the recipes and traditions of a 100-year-old bar from Philadelphia). Enjoy brews from local distilleries and breweries as you snack on elevated pub fare, including the best Philly cheesesteak in town (if they don’t say so themselves). And all this deliciousness pairs perfectly with Philadelphia Tavern’s live music.

2. Monza

Monza is a noteworthy casual bar and restaurant in Old Town Manassas. As you tap your toes to live music (most weekends), you’ll be enjoying some delicious food and drink. With home-made pasta, subs, burgers, salads, and sandwiches, there’s something for everyone. Especially if you love authentic, brick oven pizza (it’s one of their specialties). Plus, sip from a drink list that’s one of the (if not the) largest in town—including made-to-order sangria.  

3. Okra’s

Okra’s is a flavor not to be missed, serving Cajun and Creole dishes to Manassas residents for over 22 years. Where else can you snack on alligator bites, sink your teeth into voodoo chicken, and chow down on some of the best gumbo you’ll ever taste? And where can you do this while enjoying live music? Only at Okra’s, of course. Okra’s also offers a straight-from-the-chef delivery service to make sure you can enjoy their mouth-watering food in the comfort of your own home.

4. Battle Street Live Concert Series

The Battle Street Live Concert Series is a joyous celebration of coming together. When Public House Kitchen & Brewery first opened, they were envious of the live music offered at Okra’s and Monza. So, they decided to team up together and create The Battle Street Live Concert Series. Running from the first weekend in May through the first weekend in October, you can enjoy alfresco dining and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. These concerts are a great way to really unwind on the weekends.

5. Farm Brew LIVE

Farm Brew LIVE calls themselves “a destination brewery campus.” 8 acres of beautiful Virginia countryside (on the site of the historic Thomasson Barn) full of food and craft brew venues accompanied by live music. Right now, Farm Brew LIVE features 2 Silos Brewing, Co. and tasting room, The Pit BBQ and beer garden, La Gringa Food Truck, and The YARD outdoor live music venue. But Farm Brew LIVE is also growing, meaning there will be more food and fun coming soon. It’s no wonder Farm Brew Live was the winner of Virginia Restaurant Lodging Travel Association’s 2018 Travel Attraction of the Year—and still going strong!

6. Harris Pavilion

Not only does the Harris Pavilion host a weekly farmer’s market, but it’s also home to an annual free summer concert series right in the heart of Old Town Manassas. Take some time off from shopping in Old Town and hear both visiting artists and local bands perform almost every genre of music imaginable: country, jazz, rock, R&B, and everything in between.

While some of the live music performances at these venues have been impacted by the pandemic, more and more are returning. If it isn’t clear on their website (or you just want to double check), contact the establishment to see the current state of their music—and then let the good times and tunes roll at these amazing Manassas VA live music venues!

10 Inexpensive Ways to Decorate Your Apartment

Your apartment is your home.

And the more your home reflects your personality, the more it feels like home.

Decorating an apartment takes some special planning. Maximizing usable space is always a consideration, as are any rules about what you can or can’t do (to the walls, for example).

But with some careful consideration and creative thinking, you can make your apartment sing with character. And you don’t have to break the bank to do it!

Here are 10 ways you can add inexpensive apartment decor that wows.

1. Art

Whether a free-standing statue, a table sitting ornament, or a hanging wall decoration, art adds inspiration to any room. There are so many options for finding affordable artwork. The best place to start are thrift stores. Look for full pieces that fit your space or even just lightweight frames. Old calendars can also be taken apart as a great source of wall-based beauty. Just make sure to use those removeable press-and-stick picture hangers that don’t damage walls when removed.

2. Vinyl Wall Decals

This is broken off into its own category because it is a very specialized type of wall art. You can find vinyl wall decals in any size and color, any style and design. From dragons, to famous characters, to blocks of color, vinyl decals are an almost-instant way to add pizazz to your walls. They are always easy to remove, with most being repositionable and reusable (should your design preferences change).

3. Mirrors

More than just ways to see if your shirt looks nice or you have spinach in your teeth, mirrors can be a very easy and inexpensive decorating option for your apartment. Mirrors bounce around light, making rooms feel more open and airy. They reflect the art that is already in your apartment. And just like other art options, they can be floor, table, or wall-based.

4. Throw Rugs

Throw rugs are an easy way to add splashes of color and texture to your space. They are great for an apartment because although they are on the floor, they don’t really take up floorspace. Throw rugs give you more layering options as you decorate your rooms. And they are almost always able to found on sale at local “everything” stores and online. Add a little pizazz underfoot!

5. Accent Blankets

Accent blankets are the throw rugs of furniture. They can be knit or plush, monochrome or colorful. And all you have to do is toss them on something and instant decoration! They make sofas, chairs, even significant others instantly more fashionable. Accent blankets also have the added bonus of being something to cuddle up in.

6. Clothes

Using clothes to add decoration to your apartment isn’t an excuse to just throw laundry around. But a sweater, for example, draped across a table with a book on top can look very erudite and hip. If you have a dress form or mannequin, dressing it nicely in the corner of a room adds some memorable decor. Same goes with hats. Put a few of your favorites on a hat rack, and you have a perfect—and functional—conversation piece.

7. Vintage-style LED Light Bulbs

Sometimes called “Edison” or “filament,” these LED bulbs look like early incandescent models, and have big, exposed “filaments” in classic and unusual shapes. These light bulbs are meant to be bare, showing off their retro-styling while being incredibly energy efficient. You can find them anywhere, and their ubiquity means they don’t cost a lot.

8. Collections

Collecting things is fun. Whether you have a handful of pop culture icons, a garage of old model cars, or a delicate menagerie of glass animals, every collection exists because they contain things that make you happy. It just makes sense, then, to put that happiness on display. Not only will your collections add spice to your apartment, but they’ll also add smiles.

9. Plants

Plants are an easy way to add more color and life (sometimes literally) to your apartment decor. Best of all: there are plants for every level of responsibility. The plants needing the most care will often yield flowers or fruit. Succulents and cacti add life to your apartment without too much care. And fake plants and flowers can at least make it look like you have a green thumb (while also being much less expensive than the real things).

10. DIY Projects

Almost all of the above can be created, customized, or enhanced by you. From painting a picture frame to help your pop art pop, to building a diorama for your action figure collection, to piecing together a lamp made of plumbing featuring your vintage LED bulbs, making your apartment decor yourself is great fun. Dollar stores are the perfect place to shop for DIY ingredients. These stores often change some of their stock throughout the year, meaning you can easily afford seasonal decor.

Decorating your apartment doesn’t have to empty your wallet. We think the above ideas can lead to a bright and personalized place to live—a home surrounded by things that bring you joy—by maximizing inexpensive apartment decor.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market

Since 1988, the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market has been a staple of our community. Growing from the seed of an idea and just a handful of vendors, it’s blossomed into two markets with more than 80 vendors. The City of Manassas Farmer’s Market was voted Northern Virginia’s Best Farmer’s Market in 2020 by Virginia Living Magazine —just one of its many awards.

Though the Farmer’s Markets are open year-round, they’re now in Peak Season Market mode where they become bountiful with the new year’s harvests. New plants, flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits show up as they come in season.

But farmer’s markets aren’t just places to pick up veggies, flowers, and the occasional giant pretzel. Here are five of the biggest ways the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market benefits all of us at Arcadia Run, as well as our entire Manassas community:

1. Stimulate the local economy

A University of California study found that those selling directly to consumers (you) at farmer’s markets generate twice as much local economic activity per dollar of sales when compared to non-direct sellers. You’re not paying for things that are created states or countries away; you’re buying good directly from local farmers, artists, and artisans. An added benefit of supporting local producers is they actually create more local jobs.

2. Preserve local farmland and rural livelihoods

Farming and prospering in a rural environment have never been easy. As jobs and life moves evermore tech-based, a rural life is an even more difficult proposition. From 1992-2007, for example, 21% of mid-sized farms in the U.S. ceased operations. But farmer’s markets don’t just give established farmers a place to sell their wares, they also provide a space and platform for new farmers to build momentum with their own rural businesses. By shopping at the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market, you directly support all your local rural entrepreneurs.

3. Reduce pollution

When you go to a store, the food you purchase travels from the producer through many delivery points before finally appearing on the shelf. This product journey averages an estimated 1,500 miles. But farmer’s markets deliver straight to you, avoiding the need for all that additional travel. This results in a lot less pollution and waste. Yup, that tomato you get from a farmer’s market doesn’t just taste better, but it’s also healthier for you and the planet!

4.Access fresh all-natural foods easier

The term is food desert: a place where it’s difficult to get fresh foods. They exist in parts of urban and suburban communities, and greatly affect the wellbeing of anyone in the desert. Farmer’s markets are a great solution, as straight-from-the-farm food is plentiful. Plus, the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market participates in the SNAP program, making fresh and healthy food even easier for everyone. You can learn more about the SNAP program by emailing Melissa Williams (who also gave us a little more info for this blog post).

5. Explore your community and expand your palate

Farmer’s markets are places where communities gather. As such, you can meet a huge cross-section of Manassas all in one place. Make friends with people from across the county, chat with farmers and artisans from all around the area, and marvel at the work of artists from right next door. You’ll also get to taste all the flavors and tastes that make Manassas so delicious: Peruvian, West-African, Argentinian, Spanish, and more! By exploring the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market, you grow closer to your entire community.

Okay, so now you know some of the great benefits that farmer’s markets bring, but you’re still a little curious as to what to expect. Here are a few highlights of things you can find at the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market:

  • Fresh produce, meats, and eggs from nearby farms
  • Locally made honey and other bee products from apiaries in Stafford County
  • Wine straight from the vineyards and craft brews from small breweries all over Manassas
  • Hand-made gourmet baked goods, vegan chocolates, melt-in-your-mouth fudge, and cinnamon buns bigger than your hand
  • Artisanal clothing, art, and jewelry
  • Wood crafts and kitchen accessories
  • And all sorts of fun things for your home, your kids, and your pets

The City of Manassas Farmer’s Market can be found on Thursdays at the Harris Pavilion in Historic Downtown Manassas, and Saturdays at the Prince William Commuter Car Park. The hours for both markets are 8 am to 1 pm., with Peak Season Markets at both locations running until mid-November.

At Arcadia Run, you’re less than a 15-minute drive from both Farmer’s Market locations. As convenient as a trip to a regular supermarket, the Farmer’s Markets will provide you with the freshest local produce, meats, eggs, spices, and other ingredients. And then you can bring all that deliciousness home to your large Arcadia Run kitchen and create some truly scrumptious (and healthy!) works of culinary perfection. Bon appétit!

The Manassas Railway Festival is Coming Down the Line

There would be no Manassas if it wasn’t for the railroad.

What started as just a place where railroads met grew into the wonderful town we know and love today.

Every year, we salute the history of the railroads and their importance to Manassas with a celebration of history and ingenuity, coupled with memorabilia, special vendors, and fun live performances.

That’s why we’re so excited for the 26th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival on June 5: one of our favorite Manassas, VA events!

Let’s learn a little more about the history of the railroad in Manassas and a little more about what you can expect at the festival.

Manassas Comes to the Railroad

What we know as Manassas started as Manassas Junction: a crossroads with railroad tracks that led to Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley, and Washington, D.C. It was where the Orange and Alexandria Railroad (O&A) and the Manassas Gap Railroad (MGRR) met.

The O&A railroad stretched in many directions, also connecting to the Virginia Central and Virginia & Tennessee Railroads. Stops along the O&A included: Alexandria, Springfield, Fairfax, Culpeper, Orange, and traveled on Virginia Central tracks all the way to Charlottesville and Lynchburg.

The MGRR began construction in 1851, and by 1859, it stretched through Manassas Gap and into the Shenandoah Valley. It was originally planned to extend through Loudon County, too, but the Civil War got in the way and construction ceased.

During the Civil War, the ability to transport troops, weapons, and meat along these supply lines was invaluable. In fact, the MGRR became the first American railroad to move troops into battle.

It makes sense, then, that the First and Second Battles of Bull Run took place nearby, as Manassas Junction was so strategically important! And while Confederate forces won both battles, Manassas Junction remained mostly under Union control for the duration of the war.

But these railroads didn’t just fade after the war. Before and after, they moved goods and supplies both from and to local farmers and businesses faster and for far less money than any other transportation method. Railroads helped the area prosper, and since so many trains were passing through Manassas Junction, eventually a town formed.

And so, we celebrate the importance of the railroads to Manassas with this annual event.

Things to Find at the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival

Called “Train Day” by us locals, the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is full of all sort of sights and sounds to experience. Throughout the day, live performances will fill the air, complementing the various whistles of visiting trains.

And you will see trains of all shapes and sizes. Commuter and freight trains stop by for this glorious event, as do (schedules permitting) more classic trains. Plus, model railroads are on display letting your imaginations explore even more tracks and vistas.

But a festival isn’t complete without things to buy and stuff to eat, and the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is no exception. Train memorabilia vendors will be everywhere, ready to help you bring a little of the festival home with you. Because nothing is more fun that the drive home when you’re wearing your very own engineer’s cap!

At Arcadia Run, you’re always close to something amazing because history abounds in every direction. Old Town Manassas is just 14 minutes away, and Bull Run Regional Park (where those battles mentioned above took place) is less than 10 miles away. Living at Arcadia Run puts you in the middle of everything, which is why living here is so much fun.

Coming June 5, in the heart of Old Town Manassas, VA, enjoy an event like no other. For more information on the 26th Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, click here.

5 Reasons to Eat at Food Trucks in Manassas

Our favorite thing to eat is food.

And there is nothing like the gastronomic excitement of getting that food from food trucks.

Be they at a special event, office park, or anywhere else, food trucks have a magic and mystique that makes us feel young again. Plus, they have really delicious food.

But eating at food trucks near Arcadia Run apartments is good for more than just your stomach. Here are five reasons you should eat at food trucks in Manassas:

1. Taste the creations of masterful chefs.

Though we already mentioned eating delicious food, one reason to try food trucks is the skill of the chefs inside. The Frenchman Food Truck’s chef, as a great Manassas-serving example, has a resumé of working with top chefs and at highly accredited establishments in the area—and that’s after finishing his culinary studies at Johnson & Wales University.

You’re not just getting food from someone who decided to run a food truck. More often than not, you’re eating the creations of highly trained chefs and/or recipes and cooking skills that have been passed down through generations of cooking professionals. And you get to be the beneficiary of all that love and training when you eat at local food trucks.

2. Explore new cuisines.

Food trucks create and offer a variety of international dishes. Normally centering on one theme or cuisine, each food truck brings you another slice of the world in an easy-to-eat and authentic package.

They can also be culinary experimentation labs, fusing street food, fine dining, and comfort food from various parts of the world into one delectable foodstuff. And sometimes, food trucks park in packs, meaning you can combine your own food adventure by getting things for a few different food trucks. Either way, you’ll be expanding your palate and food horizons, which is a great way to begin learning about other cultures.

3. Learn the community.

Food trucks provide not only great food, but a great reason to explore your community. Food trucks often congregate in specific locations: office parks, neighborhoods, community festivals, and breweries. Finding where food trucks can help you learn the area better and discover new places to explore.

A great example of this is Ornery Beer Company Taproom. Just five minutes away from Arcadia Run, Ornery Beer Company Taproom hosts weekly (and rotating) food trucks. Visit these food trucks and you might see bits of Manassas you didn’t know about before. 

4. Meet neighbors.

And food isn’t the only thing you’ll find at food trucks: you’ll also find your neighbors! Eating together is a great way to really get to know someone. You’ll share opinions on the food, thoughts about the weather, condiment recommendations, and so much more.

Food trucks provide a great community service of giving neighbors a place to meet with a purpose (even if that purpose is just filling your face with yummy things). If you find food trucks in Manassas, you’re bound to meet neighbors from Arcadia Run, Manassas, and probably even other places in Fairfax. Your pool of friends will expand, all thanks to food trucks.

5. Support small, local businesses.

Most food trucks are local to the locations they serve. By eating their tasty creations, you’re directly helping the economy of your community. An oldie-but-goodie study from Civic Economics found that 68% of money spent with locally owned businesses stays in the community, compared to only 43% of non-locally owned businesses. Eating at food trucks in Manassas helps all of Manassas, as well as your hungry tummy.

As Salesforce’s 2020 Small & Medium Business Trends Report (signup required) shows, 51% of small & medium businesses (SMB) are worried about reduced customer demand due to the pandemic. This is especially true for food trucks, as their business relies on bringing people together, and that’s just not possible right now. But, the spirit of SMB is always that of adaptation: to achieve without the resources of bigger companies. Food trucks always publish their schedules in advance (so you can find them), but many are also turning to online ordering in an effort to make your experience safer.

Food trucks are delicious enterprises, helping communities come together, fostering support for local businesses, and giving your tastebuds something to savor. Remember, when you are hungry, find a food truck in Manassas. Here’s a link to just some of the many flavors driving around Arcadia Run: Food Truck Search.

5 Fun Activities in Manassas, VA

Even though it feels quite old, Manassas is a relatively new city.

It existed for quite a while as only a railroad crossing. Later, it was the location of the first major land battle of the Civil War, followed by a second major battle the next year.

Manassas finally became a town in 1873, and a city a little over 100 years later in 1975.

Yet in that short time, Manassas has become a goldmine of things to see and do for both adults and families.

Here are five of our favorite fun activities in Manassas:

1. Historical Sites

You can tour the Manassas National Battlefield Park either by car or on foot over many miles of roads and trails. Visit the Mayfield Civil War Fort: an earthwork fort spanning 11 acres. It’s a favorite spot of living history events, so you might be able to actually witness the past come to life. You can even see where Manassas began, so to speak, at the Manassas Train Station. Though it looks very different today, you can take a train to many other fun places in North Virginia (and beyond).

2. Museums & Art Galleries

Museums are exciting places to learn about all sorts of things, and the Manassas Museum is no exception. Full of an ever-shifting catalog of exhibits, the Manassas Museum also offers fun activities, including book talks, programs for kids, and more. The Caton Merchant Family Gallery (located in ARTfactory) features many visual exhibitions including local art and artists. And when you want to get your hands around some art, visit Manassas Clay. Showcasing the work and studios of 30 local potters, you can also tour their studio, take classes, and find pottery supplies.

3. Performing Arts

The aforementioned ARTfactory is even more than just its art gallery: it’s a full-service artistic experience, offering dance and theatre arts classes, and summer camps and concerts. When you want to take your performing arts to the next level, check out the Hylton Performing Arts Center. This 1123-seat, opera-house-style theater hosts music and theater performances from national and international artists.

4. Family-Friendly Adventures

One of the best things to do as a family is stroll through Historic Downtown Manassas. There’s something for everyone’s tastes, including popcorn and treats, gifts, home goods, toys, and restaurants galore. There’s even the Harris Pavilion which becomes an ice-skating rink every winter. Many of the other fun activities mentioned above are all in Historic Downtown Manassas too!

5. Libation Explorations

The beautiful North Virginian countryside is the perfect place to grow and make all sorts of adult beverages. From wineries to breweries, Manassas has many places to tour and explore (and, most delightfully, wet your whistle). There are quite a few breweries in Historic Downtown Manassas, and other libation makers a little farther out in the country, such as The Winery at Bull Run.

So many fun activities for you and your family to enjoy in Manassas, VA. Good thing you chose to call Arcadia Run home!

Must-Dos When Touring An Apartment Community

When you are visiting apartment communities, it’s exciting to know that a new beginning is in your future! While there are some obvious things you will do on your visits, like tour the apartments and amenities, you may forget about other important factors if you feel overwhelmed or too excited during your visit. Because we want you to be fully prepared and certain that Arcadia Run is right for you, take a look at our must-dos when touring an apartment community!

Get to know the features

Before you even arrive at an apartment community, make sure you have a list of what you are looking for in an apartment home. When you tour the model apartment, be sure to ask questions about standard features, the different types of floorplans available, and any policies for the units. Arcadia Run’s apartment homes are among the best in the area, with modern features, appliances, an in-unit washer and dryer, and more storage space than many apartment communities today.

Discover the amenities

We know that an apartment home will probably be the most important thing contributing to your decision, but the amenities are a big factor to consider as well! At Arcadia Run, visitors have been blown away by our modern amenities time and time again, and we know you will be too! Our new amenities include a resort-style pool, ball court, large fitness center, lounges, theater, playground, and so much more! The most important part of discovering the amenities is to be observant so that you have the chance to bring up any questions you may have.

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Learn about maintenance

You don’t want to move into an apartment community without knowing that the management has your back when it comes to apartment repairs. No matter how new an apartment building is, there is always the chance that an emergency repair could be needed. At Arcadia Run, we have 24/7, emergency maintenance on call, so you can live worry-free and remain safe in your new apartment home.

Talk to some of the residents

The best way to get to know an apartment community is to speak to residents who already live there! While you are exploring the amenities and beautifully landscaped grounds at Arcadia Run, strike up a conversation. Ask residents to share their favorite things about the community, what kinds of social events take place, how long they have lived there, etc. Our residents here at Arcadia Run are truly some of the best around.

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Sit down with the leasing staff

You might feel shy or hesitant to ask questions about the community and apartment homes, but this is what our amazing leasing staff is here for! At Arcadia Run, you can schedule an appointment with any of our leasing staff professionals who are always willing to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Take some time to get to know them and sit down to discuss your wants and needs for things like floor plans, living with a pet, etc.

Learn about conveniences provided

Apartment living is popular because of the amazing conveniences that this lifestyle offers! Arcadia Run goes above and beyond to make sure that living in our new apartment home community means less time worrying and more time enjoying. Some of our conveniences include a school bus stop on site, an open parking policy, easy online rent paying services, a mail concierge, 24-hour cyber café with free printer and coffee bar, and more.

Explore the neighborhood

Sure, you can visit our website and see some of the nearby restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues on a map, but there is nothing like getting to know the area first-hand. Drive around the Gateway Center and Promenade Commons to discover your favorite new stores, or take a quick drive to Downtown Manassas to soak in some history and try a few local eats.

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If you’re ready to come visit Arcadia Run and find out why this is the perfect apartment community for you, schedule and appointment online or give us a call!

Spring 2018 Events to Look Forward to in Manassas

One of the many benefits of living close to a place like Historic Downtown Manassas, is that there is never a shortage of awesome events throughout all four seasons of the year! Just minutes from Arcadia Run, take a look below at all of the events you can look forward to this spring season:

 

Historic Manassas Spring Restaurant Week – March 19th to 25th

Take advantage of some great offers at your favorite local Manassas restaurants including Monza, Carmello’s, Zandra’s Taqueria and more! Offers include 2 for $25 and 3 for $35. Click here for more information and kick off the spring season with tasty deals.

 

Hop Around Downtown – March 25th to March 31st

If you’re looking to go on a shopping spree soon, look no further than Downtown Manassas during the Hop Around event. With each purchase at a participating store, you will have a chance to win a prize!

 

Mariachis Tequileria Kegs ‘n Eggs Craft Beer Fiesta – March 31

With over 30 beers to sample, live music for your dancing pleasure, awesome food, and even an “adult egg hunt”, this is an event you don’t want to miss if you are a fan of craft beer!

 

April Showers Bridal Show – April 8th

If you are one of those lucky someones getting ready for your wedding day, be sure to attend the April Showers Bridal Show! See gorgeous wedding dresses up close and personal, learn some pro tips from professionals in the industry, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

 

12th Annual Live Well Festival – April 21st

You’ve promised yourself that this was going to be the year you took care of your health, and what better way to kick it off than with this annual festival? With plenty of health-centered activities, vendors, and more, in addition to 5k, 10k, and 1 mile runs, be sure to stop by!

 

10th Annual Band Festival – April 22nd

For the tenth year in a row, join the rest of the music lovers in Manassas by heading on over to the Harris Pavilion for a day filled with live performances from some of your favorite local bands!

 

Community Reading Festival – April 28th

This family friendly event comes to the heart of Manassas for a great time focused on education. Visit the Harris Pavilion for free books, giveaways, a variety of crafts, and live music playing through the air.